I'm not sure if this goes in this forum or not, but I need to figure out what to do. On Dec. 1, 2009 I got a nerve root injection that did absolutly nothing for me, not even 5 minutes of pain relief. Since then my calf has slowly been hurting more and more. It now feels like I have a cramp in my calf at all times. The only thing I have found to help is icy-hot patches. My Lortabs or fentanyl patch don't even begin to touch the pain. I wake up at night becuase it hurts so bad, and when I wake up it feels like my leg weights 300 lbs, and i have to concentrate really hard to be able to move it.
Now my next issure is a rash that started out on my elbows, and is now covering 50% of both arms, and is on my calfs. This also wakes me up in the middle of the night. I have been researching rashes and I"m about 90% sure it is hives. I have been on benedryl for 4 days now, and it seems to help for a little bit, but then the rash starts itching again and its horrible. I have never had hives before, and have not switched any body wash, detergent, softner, lotion, etc. It seems like my entire body it itching when it is at its' worse, but the rash stays on my arms and calfs. Although up until two days ago, the rash was only on my arms. My mother is scared to death thinking it is an allergic reaction to the fentanyl patch, but I have been on that for over 4 months, so I think that is highly unlikely. She is also afraid the pain in my calf is a blood clot. (my mom over-reacts!)
So I just dont know what to do. I was tempted to go to the ER Friday night, but talked myself out of it. But it is to the point where I can't handle it anymore. I moaned and groaned in my sleep last night in between wakings, and I hurting and itching so bad today that I cant even get out of bed.